Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Falling for Prep || Buffalo Check and Forever 21 Faux Leather Booties

My classmates complimented me on how "preppy" and "warm" this outfit was, which made me happy for a number of reasons. It means that I'm finally learning how to layer effectively, and that I'm fitting in, clothing-wise, with my new New England home. Soon no one will realize that I, a Texan, am passing as one of them...

Shirt: BDG, similar buffalo plaid shirt from Dakota Beach
Boots: F21, unfortunately sold out, but F21 also makes this zippered pair under $30
Bag: BDG, similar here from AmeriLeather
Jeans: American Eagle (on sale for $30)
Necklace: JCPenney

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Makeover and Gift Card Giveaway

I started my blog initially to make fun of fashion bloggers. I know that's not very noble, but I'm admitting it because I've never shied away from calling a spade a spade. But something strange happened: even though I enjoyed revealing the Photoshop-abusing, law-violating cesspool that is the fashion blogging world, I've met some of my favorite people through blogs and comments, ladies who have helped me grow. And now my blog needs to reflect that growth.

However, at the same time, I hope that this blog makeover will also take Another Beautiful Thing back to its roots, when it originated as a smart, sassy blog targeted at intelligent and conscientious young women on a budget. Now, my content will be organized and guided by my 3 favorite axioms in the top menu---"get inspired, get creative, get educated."

Another Beautiful Thing blog-outfits for all seasons on a budget

First, "get inspired" with me! I don't take pictures of myself for my health or vanity. If you find my outfits interesting, you can now browse through them by season. Additionally, if you are looking for outfits by keywork, a custom search on the right sidebar can help you out.

Another Beautiful Thing blog-DIY, makeup, how to photo shoots for fashion bloggers

Next, "get creative!" Under this tab, you will find 1-step DIY's (I believe in simplicity) as well as my photo shoots for my imaginary label PHOENIX. Also, if you are curious how to wear a trend, submit it as a challenge to me and learn some layering tricks in the "how-to" category.

Another Beautiful Thing fashion blog-body image, ethical fashion, budget shopping

Fashion isn't just about pretty clothes; it encompasses politics, social trends, self-image, and ethics. Not only is my blog a Photoshop-free zone, but you can find posts about body image in this section, as well as "ethical fashion" shopping links. And since we all like to look like a million bucks on a ramen budget, my budget finds are now in a separate category for easy access.

To celebrate this relaunch, I'm hosting a $50 H&M gift card giveaway. I chose H&M because their recycling donation program appeals to my ethical fashion mindset (and you can find an H&M everywhere). Enter below---and enjoy exploring the new Another Beautiful Thing!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rainy Autumn || Joules Navy Floral Wellies and Green Trench Coat

Green trench coat and Joules navy floral wellies
Joules navy floral heritage wellies

I thought fall was supposed to be crisp and dry up here in the Northeast? Instead, the rain and fog has me wearing an outfit that I thought I wouldn't have to put together until April. Do you now how disappointing it is to step on a freshly fallen leaf and not hear a crunch because the rain has soaked everything thoroughly, like cereal left too long in a bowl of milk? You can almost pinpoint the exact moment my leaf-stepping joy left me in the pictures above; in the second-to-last photo, my face says it all: "That's all the crunch you've got?"

Affiliate links follow:
Jacket: Calvin Klein, buy from me on Poshmark ($34)
Blouse: Liz Claiborne (old), similar one here from Chaus ($20)
Boots: Joules ($70)
Earrings: rue21
Lipstick: Maybelline "Timeless Toffee"

Monday, November 10, 2014

Swimming Eyeballs || Maroon Fedora and White Wrap Over Blouse

Maroon BCBG fedora and green zipper pants
White wrap-over blouse and maroon fedora
Forever 21 Round gold choker necklace
Fall casual look with maroon fedora, white wrap over blouse and green cargo pants

Today I learned why fashion bloggers only use trendy Starbucks cups in their outfit photos and not boba cups. It's because from afar, the bubbles in the boba look like little eye balls swimming around (see pic below. Ew!) I guess I should've conformed and bought a latte!

Affiliate links follow:
Hat: BCBG (I got mine at Marshall,'s but here it is at Zappos)
Shirt: Macy's, similar white wrap-over blouse here from Missguided ($38)
Necklace: Forever21 (F21 has this gold choker now for $6.80)
Pants: Aeropostale
Shoes: Vince Camuto

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Second Ptosis Surgery || New Before and After Photos

I will be talking about my ptosis eyelid surgery today, so reader discretion is advised! If you are looking for my usual fashion posts, check back on Monday.

When I went under the knife for ptosis the first time, I never thought I would be back for a second round. (Because the first round of swelling and pain was just so fun, right?) Just I thought everything would be good after my initial ptosis surgery, I noticed that my eyes were back to their normal asymmetry in November 2013.

When I did my research on ptosis corrective surgery, I found out that sometimes, the initial surgery is not enough to fix the problem. Often, it won't work and the patient has to go in for a second round. I never thought that I'd be one of those unlucky few, but I eventually had to undergo another procedure...

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